Monday, February 27, 2017
North Korea Executes Five Senior Security Officials Over 'False Reports' To Kim Jong Un
South Korea's National Intelligence Service reportedly told lawmakers in a private briefing that the North Korean Leader had become "enraged" at what he deemed to be false reports.
The victims were said to have worked in the same department as former state security chief Kim Won Hong, who was dismissed last month amid allegations of corruption.
Kim Jong Un has reportedly executed a large number of government officials since taking power in 2011.
The latest reports come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death there of Kim's estranged elder half brother, Kim Jong Nam.
Kim Jong Nam died in agony within 20 minutes of being hit with deadly VX, it emerged yesterday.
Malaysian health minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said no antidote could have saved Kim Jong-nam after exposure to the nerve toxin – which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN.
North Korea denies killing the playboy, 45, who was a high-profile critic of his brother’s brutal regime. He died on February 13 after an attack at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Two female suspects claim they thought they were taking part in a TV prank by smearing Jong-nam’s face with “baby oil”. But experts say anyone in contact with VX risked certain death if they did not know it was poisonous.
The airport has been checked for contamination and given the all-clear.